Contents tagged with Storage Server (NAS)

  • New version of Windows Storage Server due by the end of September

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 13 2010, 11:31 PM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

    Microsoft has just hit the near-final Release Candidate (RC) 0 milestone with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 and is expecting to deliver the final code to its server OEMs before the end of September, according to information from private testers.

    Windows Storage Server is Microsoft’s storage-server appliance operating system that it sells preloaded on servers from a variety of vendors, including Dell, Fujitsu, HP, NEC and others.

    Microsoft and its partners delivered Windows Storage Server 2008 products in 2009. The R2 follow-on adds a few new features, according to company officials, including:

    • Simplified out-of-the-box experience
    • Simplified two-node cluster setup where configuration from one node and settings are pushed out to the second node, making the cluster setup easier
    • Single Instance Storage (SIS) file-system filter-driver support, which removes duplicate filesl from a volume to save space without impacting server performance
    • New File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) which allows users to manage their file data based on “business value” and then to apply automatic policies against that
    • DNS, DHCP, WINS, RODC (read only domain controller) networking functionality for better branch-office support
    • Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3, which supports Wndows PowerShell scripts for manageability; improved Hyper-V storage; and diskless boot of High Performance Clustering nodes, Hyper-V servers or application servers

    Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 won’t require any additional client-access licenses (CALs), the Softies said, making the product more viable as a storage appliance.

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  • Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 5 2009, 9:44 PM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

    I am really excited to announce the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Storage Server 2008

    This is everything that you want in Windows file services – only better.  

    Sure, you could go buy a copy of Windows Server 2008 on DVD and build your own file server from your favorite server hardware vendor – mine being torn between HP and Dell, since I grew up in Texas.   But why?   This is built on the same base, but comes out of the box and serving data within 30 minutes (not including messing with server-rack rails).  But Microsoft takes the OS, tweaks it from its default settings to optimize it for file services, and then adds extra file/storage capabilities. 

    Think of it like a Ford Mustang engine.  Sure, the one from Detroit that comes in the car is nice.  The GT is better than the base package.  Think of WSS08 like a Saleen!!.   It is really tweaked for one purpose – file IO, not SQL or Exchange or webserving, but storage and file services.  

    And then Microsoft adds de-duplication (Single Instance Storage) which is as hot a topic in IT as anything today.  And the iSCSI Software target lets you offer block storage and file service in the same appliance.   Then, the OEM hardware partners take their ‘stock’ hardware – like a Dell PowerEdge – and make it a PowerVault (with more tweaks and additions).   File Serving is one of the most popular uses for Windows Server, so why not get it as tricked out as possible – from the same hardware and software vendors that you already trust for the rest of your server infrastructure (instead of a proprietary NAS filer).

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  • Windows Embedded Server Products Evaluation

    Posted by bink on July 26 2008, 7:10 PM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

    Wow finally you can download evaluation versions of Windows Embedded products like Storage Server, normally only approved OEMs could get it.

    Now after a simple registration form you can download:

    • Windows Server 2008 for Embedded Systems
    • Windows Server 2003 R2 for Embedded Systems
    • Windows Storage Server 2003 R2
    • Microsoft Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 (32-bit)
    • Microsoft Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 (64-bit)
    • Windows Home Server
    • Microsoft Server Appliance Software Version 3.1 Evaluation Download
    •  \

    Complete list and download location at source

  • Windows Storage Solution Updates at SNW

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 11 2008, 3:55 AM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

    In the spirit of keeping you updating on Windows Storage Solutions, this week members of our team are off to Orlando, Florida for the bi-annual Storage Networking World (SNW) conference.  You may recall that last October at SNW, we announced the RTM of Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 as part of Microsoft’s Universal Distributed Storage commitment to deliver storage solutions with high-end storage functionality via a multitude of partners.  <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p><o:p> </o:p>

    Reinforcing that commitment to storage solutions, I’d like to highlight progress and announcements that our partners are making at SNW:

    <o:p></o:p> ·         Cisco introduced the WAAS WAE 674 Appliance that provides local application hosting and acceleration of centralized data center applications.  The Cisco WAAS WAE-674 can be upgraded with embedded virtualization software to support “virtual blades” for hosting off-the-shelf applications, beginning with Windows Server 2008. <o:p></o:p><o:p> </o:p>·         AMD announced availability of the industry’s first Reference Design Kit (RDK) for the Storage Bridge Bay (SBB) 2.0 Specification.  The RDK supports Network Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Networks (SANs), Unified Storage systems, as well as all major interface connectivity options including GigE, 10GigE, Fibre Channel, and Infiniband.  SBB 2.0 and the Windows Storage Server platform will help promote affordable enterprise class storage functionality to customers of all sizes.<o:p></o:p><o:p> </o:p>

    ·         Fujitsu debuted an easy-to-install network attached storage (NAS) appliance for small to medium businesses called F-NAS.  Based on Windows, F-NAS features Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 (WUDSS) and allows both file and block-level data to be transferred over Ethernet networks.  F-NAS also consolidates storage under a single Microsoft Management Console (MMC), simplifying the management of storage resources.

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  • Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator Version 2.05

    Posted by bink on August 16 2007, 2:59 PM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

    This is the latest version of the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator. The Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator enables connection of a Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP host to an external iSCSI storage array. The Microsoft iSCSI software initiator makes it possible for businesses to take advantage of existing network infrastructure to enable block-based Storage Area Networks without having to invest in additional hardware. Supported architectures include x86, x64/amd64 (both Intel and AMD), and IA64 platformsFor more information, please see the Microsoft iSCSI Support for Windows. http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsServer2003/technologies/storage/iscsi/default.mspxRelease NotesDownload At Source
  • Deploying iSCSI Storage Solutions on the Microsoft Windows Platform

    Posted by bink on June 20 2007, 2:40 PM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

    This report provides background on iSCSI technology and information on the current state of iSCSI storage solutions for the Microsoft Windows environment, focusing on the deployment of the iSCSI target solutions from some Microsoft storage partners. Some of these storage solutions are based on the Microsoft iSCSI software target and run on a Microsoft Windowsbased platform.Download At Source
  • Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator Version 2.04

    Posted by bink on April 27 2007, 1:35 PM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

    This is the latest version of the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator. The Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator enables connection of a Windows 2003, Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP host to an external iSCSI storage array.
    (build 3273)Version 2.042.04 Changes (Changes since Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator 2.03 release) 1. Update iSCSI Initiator MPIO binaries to MPIO 1.18  2. Fix for bugcheck resulting from having a extra session in ibft with incorrect target address 3. Fix to allow up to 8 MCS connections 4. Fix enabling x64 use of management dll on x86. This change causes allos the iSCSI installer for x64 platforms to install the x86 versions of the iSCSI dlls in the syswow64 directory. This allows x86 applications that use the iSCSI apis to run on x64 platforms.   5. Fix to ensure existing Microsoft MPIO binaries installed on the system are correctly upgraded to version 1.186.      Fix to ensure that the Microsoft iSCSI Software initiator does not overwrite newer versions of MPIO binaries Note: Newer MPIO binaries are typically distributed by 3rd party array vendors in their multipathing software packages MPIO binaries are able to upgrade MPIO binaries7. Fix for iSCSI Initiator immediate retries on Queue Full status 8. Fix to Handle page 0x83 > 0xFF, which caused an assert in MPIO 9. Fix for active/standby path assignment being lost after pull and then re-plug network cable when using MCS. After reestablishing a connection that was active under the failover load balance policy, in some scenarios the connection would not come back as active. The change fixes this so the connection will come back as active10.     Fix in WMI interface behavior in the msiscsi.sys driver so that if the RemoveConnection method is called for the last active MCS connection on a session, an error will be returned to the user.  11. Fix for iSCSI Initiator Service-registry entry ImagePath.  The iSCSI installer previously used a hardcoded path when setting the ImagePath registry value under the iSCSI service key. With this fix, the installer uses a path relative to %SystemRoot%Download At Source
  • TechEd: Windows 2003 Storage Server R2 SKU's

    Posted by bink on November 17 2006, 5:08 AM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

    I never new that since R2 storage server there were more SKU's: 
    SKU’s
    Express
    Workgroup
    Standard
    Enterprise
    Max CPU support
    1 (x86 and x64)
    1 (x86 and x64)
    4 (x86 and x64)
    8 (x86 and x64)
    Max memory support
    4 GB (x86)
    32 GB (x64)
    4 GB (x86)
    32 GB (x64)
    4 GB (x86)
    32 GB (x64)
    32 GB (x86)
    1 TB (x64)
    Max NIC support
    1
    1
    Any
    Any
    Max disk drive support
    2
    4
    Any
    Any
    Device Interfaces Supported
    EIDE, ATA, SATA
    EIDE, ATA (1), SATA
    FC, SCSI, ATA SATA, SAS, iSCSI
    FC, SCSI, ATA SATA, SAS, iSCSI
    RAID Supported
    SW
    SW / HW
    SW / HW
    SW / HW
    Clustering
    No
    No
    No
    Yes
    Transportable Snapshots
    No
    No
    No
    Yes
    Printers
    0
    5
    Any
    Any
    Search
    Installed
    Installed
    Installed
    Installed
    Microsoft Services for NFS
    Installed
    Installed
    Installed
    Installed
    Print Management Console
    Installed
    Installed
    Installed
    Installed
    File Server Resource Manager
    Not available
    Installed
    Installed
    Installed
    DFS-Management
    Not available
    Installed
    Installed
    Installed
    DFS-Replication
    Not available
    Installed
    Installed
    Installed
    Single Instance Storage
    Not available
    Not available
    Installed
    Installed
    Storage Manager for SANs
    Not available
    Not available
    Installed
    Installed
    SharePoint
    Not available
    Not available
    Available
    Available
  • Microsoft to release iSCSI Software Target Application Pack for Windows 2003 Storage Server R2

    Posted by bink on July 28 2006, 1:56 PM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

    Microsoft on Friday will release the iSCSI target technology it acquired from String Bean Software earlier this year.

    The iSCSI Software Target Application Pack will be available through Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) only. [:@] Microsoft said the IP SAN software "provides the functionality to centralize, consolidate and easily manage storage in a single console. It is a cost-effective, scalable solution designed to enable customers to quickly install and configure a full-featured storage solution for both block-based and file-based storage."

    Microsoft said the offering is aimed at small businesses and departments and branches of large enterprises. The first to use the solution is HP, which announced storage arrays aimed at small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) on Monday.

    Microsoft said the iSCSI Software Target is fully supported when used with the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator, and is also designed to be compatible with all other iSCSI compliant initiators.

    Storage Server is currently available only through OEMs, but Microsoft also plans to provide Storage Server to system builders after Longhorn Server becomes available. Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst at StorageIO, estimates that more than 80% of iSCSI deployments involve Windows servers. "Microsoft has helped make iSCSI adoption a reality," he said.

    "Microsoft Windows is already the leader in terms of number of instances of servers attached via iSCSI to storage," said Schulz. "Now can Microsoft become the iSCSI leader in terms of the number of iSCSI target devices (excluding individual LUNs)? StorageIO would be surprised, given the ability of Windows Storage Server-based solutions to proliferate across a very broad entry-level market, if Microsoft could not become a leader in the number of iSCSI target devices."

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  • Microsoft Windows Storage Server Could Go To System Builders in Longhorn Wave

    Posted by bink on July 27 2006, 2:54 AM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

    Microsoft plans to bring its Windows Storage Server operating system, now available only to OEMs, to a wider range of custom system builders with the rollout of its upcoming Longhorn version of Windows.

    This week, Microsoft also is slated to release an addition to the Windows Storage Server (WSS) OS that will enable OEMs to build storage appliances with both NAS and iSCSI SAN capabilities. Microsoft, too, has released Windows Server 2003 SP2 to private beta.

    Windows Storage Server turns an industry-standard server into a NAS appliance. Claude Lorenson, group product manager for storage at Microsoft, said the Redmond, Wash., software giant plans to expand availability of the platform from OEMs to the system builder community, but he wouldn't specify a date for when such a move--which Microsoft has discussed for a couple years--would occur.

    "It's easier to do a broader availability with the release of Longhorn. We can do changes to the kernel that we can't do now. The release of an operating system for OEMs is quite different than releasing to the channel because of security concerns, including piracy issues: How to deploy? What kind of key do we make available?" Lorenson said. "Many end users would like to have it with general distribution or volume licensing. We are also looking at that," he added. Continue At Source

  • Microsoft releases Windows iSCSI Software Initiator for Version 2.02

    Posted by bink on May 20 2006, 4:39 PM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

    Microsoft releases Windows iSCSI Software Initiator for Version 2.02 (build 1895)Changes since Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator 2.01 release (build file version 1748)1. Fix for persistent reservation Microsoft iSCSI DSM to handle an error for Microsoft Cluster Server scenario where one cluster node physically crashes 2. Improvement in session recovery to better handle race conditions and avoid bugcheck triggered by advanced cable pull testing3. Fix for memory leak in iSCSI wmi provider4. Fix for send target command5. Fix to report authorization type correctly in WMI for iSCSI HBAs6. Fix to QLoginTarget iscsicli command to login as a data login and not as an informational login7. Fix for session recovery to release lock that could occur in session recovery code pathFor additional information, please see the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator users guide and the following industry specifications:* iSCSI spec - RFC3720* String Profile for iSCSI Names (http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-ips-iscsi-string-prep-04.txt)  * Preparation of Internationalized Strings ("stringprep") (RFC 3454)* UTF-8, a transformation format of Unicode and ISO 10646 (RFC 2044)Download At Source